Spring training games have started in Major League Baseball which means it’s time for our first check in on former Georgia Tech players in the professional ranks. Today, we look at where former Yellow Jackets are beginning their seasons.
Minor League Camps:
These are the former Yellow Jackets that we believe will be competing in minor league camps this spring. Our apologies if there are any errors in the list below.
Sam Clay – Minnesota Twins
Trevor Craport – Baltimore Orioles
Xzavion Curry – Cleveland Indians
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Tristin English – Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Gold – Colorado Rockies
Matthew Gorst – Boston Red Sox
Kyle McCann – Oakland Athletics
Connor Justus – Los Angeles Angels
Chase Murray – Pittsburgh Pirates
Arden Pabst – Pittsburgh Pirates
Ryan Peurifoy – Pittsburgh Pirates
Zac Ryan – Los Angeles Angels
Connor Thomas – St. Louis Cardinals
Amos Willingham – Washington Nationals
Major League Camps:
Luke Bard – Los Angeles Angels
Bard was a consistent piece of the Angels bullpen last season and should be once again in 2020. Last season, Bard appeared in 32 games including making three starts. He pitched his way to a 4.78 ERA and a 3-3 record over 49 innings pitched.
Joey Bart – San Francisco Giants
Bart has started spring training in Major League Camp with the San Francisco Giants and while he is not expected to make the opening day roster, Bart will look to make a good impression on the Giants coaching staff and front office. He did that on Saturday afternoon when he hit his first home run of the spring in his first at-bat.
Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
Blackmon is entering his 10th season with the Colorado Rockies. The four-time all-star is coming off one of his best years at the plate, hitting .319/.364/.576 with 32 home runs and 86 RBI. He’ll once again be expected to be one of the best center fielders in all of baseball in 2020.
Derek Dietrich – Cincinnati Reds
Dietrich started last season as one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball, however he struggled mightily after the hot start. In the second half of the season, he appeared in just 32 games for the Reds and with his limited at-bats during the time, Dietrich hit just .071. He returned to the Reds for 2020 on a minor-league deal.
Buck Farmer – Detroit Tigers
Coming off his best season in the Majors, Buck Farmer enters this season with arguably the best job security of his career. Farmer last season with the Tigers went 6-6 with a 3.72 ERA in 73 appearances over the course of the season.
Daniel Palka – Chicago White Sox
Daniel Palka is in big league camp with the White Sox this spring right now but it is uncertain if he is going to be with the big league club this season. Palka last year appeared in 30 games last year with the White Sox. After going down with an injury early in the season, Palka was sent down to Charlotte due to a deep White Sox roster at the time.
Matt Skole – Chicago White Sox
Skole recently signed a minor league deal with the White Sox but is in major league camp with them at this moment. Skole has appeared in 31 games over his career, all coming with the White Sox. He has a career batting average of .217 with one career home run and seven RBI.
Matt Wieters – St. Louis Cardinals
Wieters is in his second year with the St. Louis Cardinals and is expected to be the Cardinals backup catcher in 2020. Last season, he hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI over 67 games played.
Check back in throughout the baseball season as we provide updates on both former Jackets in the Major Leagues and former Jackets in the minor leagues!